How To Choose The Best Laptops Under $500

When you are buying a laptop on a budget, there are several things you will need to look at. Obvious ones include memory, hard drive space, and the processing technology. But there are some other factors that are sometimes overlooked. These factors are important, and will have an effect on how much use you get out of your laptop, so it is best to choose right in the first place.

The first thing you need to look at in choosing the best laptops under $500 is the screen size. The screen size is measured from corner to corner, but the best way to understand the measurement is not with a tape measure. Go to a local computer store to check out some of the demo models. You will feel a drift towards the larger screens, but the larger the screen, the less portable it will be, and the harder it will be to fit on your adjustable laptop table. Try to find the smallest screen that you are comfortable with. You want a screen that you won’t have to scroll from side to side on. For netbooks, 10″ should be the minimum, and 14″ is a good size for laptops.

Laptop battery life is something that is often overlooked. It really depends on how you plan to use your laptop. If this is your first laptop, it will be hard to know how much you will use it. Consider how much of your day you spend out of reach of a plug. That is roughly how long you will want the battery life to be. You will choose between a 3 cell or 6 cell battery, more than likely. This is something you can upgrade later, but it is expensive to do so. It will be cheaper to buy a better laptop battery with the initial purchase.

The operating system is another thing that people should consider carefully. Windows XP, for example, gets a bad rap for a reason. If you are a Windows addict, get something with Windows 7, which seems to be the best Windows system to date. Linux also puts out a lot of laptop friendly operating systems, as does Apple, with their Mac OS.

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